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Vehicle Accident Deaths Cost States Billions

CDC Says Costs for Medical Care and Work Loss Were Highest in California, Texas, and Florida

Safety Recommendations for States continued...

“These preventable costs are a reflection of the terrible suffering of American families whose loved ones are killed or injured on the roads,” Norman Mineta, chairman of Make Roads Safe North America, says in the news release.

Mineta, a former secretary of transportation, says the worldwide driver-safety effort demonstrates that “it is time for all of us to take action to save lives at home and around the globe.”

The CDC says nine of the 10 states with the highest costs are the most populous in the nation, with 53% of the population. Tennessee is the only sate with the top 10 highest costs that doesn’t have one of the largest populations.

State-by-State Costs

Here is a list of the states and their total costs for crash deaths:

  • Alabama               $1.07 billion
  • Alaska                  $74 million
  • Arizona                 $1.1 billion
  • Arkansas              $618 million
  • California              $4.16 billion
  • Colorado              $623 million
  • Connecticut          $263 million
  • Delaware              $107 million
  • Florida                  $3.16 billion
  • Georgia                $1.55 billion
  • Hawaii                  $124 million
  • Idaho                    $253 million
  • Illinois                   $1.32 billion
  • Indiana                  $883 million
  • Iowa                      $388 million
  • Kansas                  $433 million
  • Kentucky               $871 million
  • Louisiana              $969 million
  • Maine                    $159 million
  • Maryland               $576 million
  • Massachusetts     $394 million
  • Michigan               $1.04 billion
  • Minnesota             $527 million
  • Mississippi            $881 million
  • Missouri                $1.07 billion
  • Montana               $205 million
  • Nebraska              $245 million
  • Nevada                 $387 million
  • New Hampshire    $143 million
  • New Jersey          $651 million
  • New Mexico         $435 million
  • New York             $1.33 billion
  • North Carolina      $1.5 billion
  • North Dakota       $111 million
  • Ohio                     $1.23 billion
  • Oklahoma            $700 million
  • Oregon                $422 million
  • Pennsylvania       $1.52 billion
  • Rhode Island       $79 million
  • South Carolina     $1.01 billion
  • South Dakota       $156 million
  • Tennessee           $1.15 billion
  • Texas                   $3.5 billion
  • Utah                     $281 million
  • Vermont               $73 million
  • Virginia                 $863 million
  • Washington          $665 million
  • West Virginia       $342 million
  • Wisconsin            $751 million
  • Wyoming             $137 million

State List of Motor Vehicle Deaths

Here is a list of the states and their motor vehicle deaths for 2005:

  • Alabama      1,186
  • Alaska              79
  • Arizona       1,194
  • Arkansas        689
  • California     4,478
  • Colorado         659
  • Connecticut     295
  • Delaware         122
  • Florida              3,551
  • Georgia            1,694
  • Hawaii                 139
  • Idaho                   271
  • Illinois               1,475
  • Indiana                976
  • Iowa                    457
  • Kansas                479
  • Kentucky             969
  • Louisiana          1,021
  • Maine                  185
  • Maryland              635
  • Massachusetts     465
  • Michigan           1,213
  • Minnesota            601
  • Mississippi           945
  • Missouri             1,186
  • Montana                233
  • Nebraska               281
  • Nevada                  450
  • New Hampshire    158
  • New Jersey           785
  • New Mexico          464
  • New York            1,576
  • North Carolina     1,658
  • North Dakota          127
  • Ohio                     1,394
  • Oklahoma               816
  • Oregon                   512
  • Pennsylvania       1,760
  • Rhode Island            88
  • South Carolina     1,070
  • South Dakota          171
  • Tennessee           1,289
  • Texas                   3,740
  • Utah                        313
  • Vermont                    76
  • Virginia                   968
  • Washington            760
  • West Virginia          383
  • Wisconsin               830
  • Wyoming                147

These are the 10 states with the highest motor vehicle deaths per 100,000 people in 2005:

  1. Mississippi    32.58
  2. Wyoming       29.04
  3. Alabama         26.09
  4. South Carolina 25.14
  5. Montana        24.93
  6. Arkansas       24.82
  7. New Mexico  24.21
  8. Kentucky       23.17
  9. Oklahoma    23.10
  10. Louisiana     22.7
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